said by Ben: said by travelguy:
The only think worse than phone taxes are rental car taxes & fees. They frequently exceed 25% in many cities.
Hotel/Lodging Taxes are also bad.
Once, I stayed a couple nights in Madison, WI for a convention, and the rate was 13.5%. That's far higher than the local sales tax.
Last year, our city council raised the bed tax from 12% to 14%.
The reason given by our brilliant representatives?
"It hasn't been raised recently."
I kid you not.
Down the road, at our major-city airport, the rental-car tax can exceed 100% of the rental charges.
The concept is simple. "Soak the tourists."
Sounds like taxation-without-representation to me.
Didn't we fight (and win) a war over that about 230 years ago?